Why Cleanliness Is Important To Maintaining a Business' Credibility

Cleanliness is essential for a good image – whether as an individual or as a business, others' perception of you will change, depending on how clean they perceive you to be.

You would not attend an important meeting wearing casual dirty clothes – oftentimes in these occasions, individuals opt to wear a suit or a professional attire as this provides others with the fact that you are serious and professional. The same goes for your business. A clean place of work has a big impact on clients as well as on employees. In this article, we will discuss why cleanliness is important to maintain a business's credibility.

Things a Business Should Do To Ensure Cleanliness:

  • Regularly clean the windows, both on the interior and exterior
  • Ensure rubbish is appropriately disposed
  • Toilets must be clean regularly
  • Light air fresheners to create a sense of cleanliness constantly
  • Schedule deep cleaning for the entire office, including carpets and walls

This does not have to be difficult to achieve, and it most certainly should not be up to your employees to ensure this is done. There are many cleaning companies available that can do a great job - Seers Group is a good example of what services cleaning companies offer to ensure cleanliness in your office. A professional deep cleaning entails the use of specific chemicals that individuals must be trained to use, therefore always ensure that you get qualified professionals for cleaning purposes.

Overall Image of Business Improves

First impressions matter – if a potential client, a supplier, or even an investor physically attend your business, the first thing they will see is how your business presents. You do not want visitors to be presented with a messy, disorganized, and dirty environment. If a business is showing signs of neglect and is not well looked after, people are less likely to take professionals and the overall company seriously. A clean workplace directly reflects your business core values.

Moreover, in a time where people can easily leave a review of their experience online for millions of people to see, your business image can easily be damaged or enhanced by each individual's experience. A positive review will increase the number of clients.

Increased Employee Productivity:

In the professional world, cleanliness and personal hygiene are of great importance and are always incorporated in company policies. Employees are expected to present clean and tidy as individuals, as each and every one represents the company they work for. However, it is not enough to dress professionally – the workplace also needs to exhibit a high level of hygiene and professionalism.

Ensuring cleanliness within a business setting will generate a healthy and happy environment for employees, thus increasing overall productivity. Research suggests that cleanliness boots motivation and employees' morale and increased respect for the company.

When people are happy where they work, they are less likely to consider getting other jobs, reducing staff turnover and they will more likely want to succeed, increasing productivity overall.

Safer Workplace

Cleaning is not only about image and how others perceive you, or how it makes professionals feel. The most important aspect of cleaning is to ensure that harmful bacteria do not spread over the office. With potentially many different people, from professionals to visitors, constantly using the premises, it is only natural that bacteria and viruses may make an appearance.

By implementing regular and effective hygiene you are increasing the safety of the workplace and reducing health risks for everyone. To increase this, every employee should be educated on health & safety, and workplace hygiene, particularly so that they can take action themselves. Although every business should hire a designated cleaning janitor to come in on a daily basis, employees can also ensure the workplace remains clean by disposing of their garbage, cleaning their desks after use, and regularly washing their hands.

Reduce Workplace Accidents

An employee or visitor suffering from a personal injury whilst at work can have serious detrimental effects on the business's financial position as well as overall image. Ensuring the health and well-being of employees is crucial, and this should be a business's top priority.

A disorganized workplace is often the perfect environment for an injury to take place. With objects everywhere, potentially presenting a serious hazard, people may easily trip over something, or slip on a wet surface and get seriously injured.

This can be avoided by maintaining cleanliness regularly – this means that any spillages are instantly cleaned up, every corridor is free of random, unnecessary items and that policies reinforcing and promoting hygiene in the workplace are up to date and employees are aware and familiar with these.

Cleanliness is highly important to maintain a business' reliability. Ensuring the sanitization of the workplace improves image overall and contributes to employees' physical and mental wellbeing. A clean place of work is a safe and healthy environment. And a healthy workplace supports business growth and goal attainment.

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Working From Home While Parenting in a Pandemic. The Juggle is Real.

I had just finished putting my toddler down for a nap when my 3-month-old cried out from the next room — hungry. Again. As I slowly backed out of the room so as not to disturb the nap that took five diligently-read books to achieve, I glanced at my watch — just five minutes to spare before my scheduled Zoom meeting.

As a mom, I'm in this like everyone else — not knowing what tomorrow will look like and doing my best day by day.

While I was going through these familiar motions, I thought how am I making this work? After talking to more moms just like me, I've come to learn that I'm not alone. Left without childcare in the middle of this pandemic, we've just been forced to improvise and expected to do the impossible, usually, while worrying about how long we can keep this up. In fact, instead of worrying about making it work, some parents have decided the best way to deal is to give up parenting for the time being altogether. At least, half-jokingly anyway.

This is working from home while parenting in the time of COVID-19 — a messy juggling act.

A Near Impossible Job: Full-time Parent and Full-time Employee

Working parents, unemployed parents, single parents, essential worker parents — all of these parents and situations have their own set of challenges. The circumstances of the pandemic have placed many parents at a crossroads to find alternative childcare in order to return to work or otherwise give up their employment and thus their financial security. More than 4 in 10 parents of children younger than 19 reported that they or someone in their family lost a job, work hours, or work-related income because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS).

Working From Home While Parenting in a Pandemic

I established my career in Silicon Valley as a remote professional, and have for the last decade believed strongly that location-independent work is the future of work. As I became a mother and made that first transition back to work from maternity leave (albeit a leave way too short, but that's a topic for another day), I realized this remote work arrangement was the only thing that enabled me to continue to work.

I could meet the demands of my job while caring for a newborn. I often worked outside of the usual 9-5 and while the days were long, I was just so grateful to have a work-life arrangement that allowed me to be near my child when I needed to be. Turns out, that's a familiar story to many parents. A flexible job is really important to parents of young children. In fact, 82% say that having school-age kids affects their interest in finding a flexible job.

While the lines between work and home life are blurring, be flexible, communicate effectively, and lead with empathy.

Many workplaces have turned to remote work during this pandemic but with childcare and school closures, working from home with kids doesn't look like the "flexible" work arrangement it had once been. Parents have been handed the near-impossible task of balancing the responsibilities of full-time caregiver, full-time educator, full-time employee, and first-time remote employee.

As a mom, I'm in this like everyone else — not knowing what tomorrow will look like and doing my best day by day. I wish there was an easy answer to the childcare predicament all working parents face. In the meantime, I have figured out a few things that have really worked for me in order to have a productive day, lead from a physical distance, and maintain some sense of order in my home from 9-5.

My 3 top tips for working from home while parenting in the time of COVID-19.

1. Maintain A (Flexible) Routine

One of the major changes that comes with working from home is that without an office environment routines can get thrown off. Be sure to create a routine for both you and your children. I would also opt for a time-blocked routine rather than a rigid to-the-minute schedule. For example, mornings are for your meetings and the kids' quiet busy work (be that school assignments or other activities). A routine gives everyone an expectation of how the day will go and this can help decrease stress. Furthermore, using a routine rather than a rigid schedule also sets you up to be more successful because it allows flexibility for you all to make changes when needed.

2. Create a Designated Workspace

Control the things you can and don't spin your wheels on the things you can't. While there are few things that can be controlled, your workspace is one of them. It doesn't have to be an office, but your workspace should be a space that is your own. This isn't a space anyone in the house can simply drop off their things or fiddle with yours. Ideally, this space will be organized and clutter-free so you're not losing time finding what you need to get to work, or being distracted with anything else. Studies have found that work environments have an effect on satisfaction and productivity. If you work in a place that inspires instead of distracts you, you are more likely to be efficient, productive, and happier.

3. Communicate

Over-communicate with both everyone in your house and the remote team you are collaborating with. In the house, be sure everyone knows your schedule especially if you're co-parenting and co-working with a partner in shifts. It could help to post your weekly schedule, so everyone knows when a big meeting is coming up and you're in the do-not-disturb zone. With your remote team, take advantage of platforms for video communication to help recreate face-to-face interaction. General rule of thumb, if you find yourself writing an email that's become a novel or you're responding to a thread that's gone too long, the clearer route to communicating is likely a video conference.

While the lines between work and home life are blurring, be flexible, communicate effectively, and lead with empathy. And most importantly of all, give yourself the space to make mistakes, try again, and learn what works best for you.

P.S. Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by the challenges of parenting through the pandemic and keeping up with the work-life juggle? In a time when moms need a support system more than ever, I've founded Hey Mom Co., a new kind of wellness and mindset development community for working moms. Visit our website to learn more: http://heymom.co